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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Turning Point in American Politics - "The Best is Yet to Come"

Many Americans are dreary eyed this post election 2012 Wednesday, having faithfully followed the re-election of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to their second 4 year term. Although this hard won election victory took entirely too much money to be successful, the result marks a political and social turning point in America. It was worth the money, (although I hope to never see such wasteful spending again, in my lifetime) because it marks a turning point in American politics. It shows the world how truth, eventually, trumped the money poured into buying the election. In so doing, this victory marks the rise of America's new and diverse middle class.  They are the face of The New America.
This election victory was supported by the enormous energy and outstanding communications talents of extraordinary people, led by former President William Jefferson Clinton. 

Winning was hard work.

"CHICAGO -- President Barack Obama scored himself a second term in the White House on Tuesday, nabbing nearly all of the key battleground states and proving, resoundingly, that his message about lifting the middle class resonates with the majority of Americans. 'The task of perfecting our union moves forward. It moves forward because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression, the spirit that has lifted this country from the depths of despair to the great heights of hope,' Obama said in his victory speech at McCormick Place."

President Obama's decisive election victory is already causing ire and angst among right wing factions who bitterly opposed his administration and any progressive policies.  Unfortunately, this election victory did not resolve America's social, fiscal or politically divisive problems. Rather, the election appears to have supported the status quo, existing state of affairs, with the president elected by the Democrats while the US House is still Republican and Senate  not particularly different, only a few seats added to its Democratic majority. In other words, politically divided government.  

Yet, it remains to be seen if bi-partisan leadership evolves from this election, because, as the world knows, aggravating gridlock prevailed during the past two years.

With the energy of the 2012 election exhausted, it's time to get America back to work.  President Obama told Americans how "the best is yet to come" in his rousing and inspirational acceptance speech, given to a wildly enthusiastic audience who waited in Chicago's McCormick Place, to celebrate.  

Indeed, "the best is yet to come" is a metaphor for progress.  A majority of American voters rejected right wing extremism and embraced the future by re-hiring President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden, for four more years.  

American political scholars will look back on the 2012 election as the day when middle class, and progressive Americans voted our  support for a leader who looks like us and identifies with the world's international communities.  

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